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FRANK A. BEYER. When we are told that such and such a man is a general foreman of no matter what, we know at once that he is a man who possesses native talent and that he has not attained his position at a single bound, but that he has spent years in close application and careful preparation; that he has been faithful to every trust reposed in him and that he is a man of self-reliance and fortitude. Without any attempt to unduly praise Frank A. Beyer, general foreman of the locomotive department of the new Frisco shops at Springfield, we can truthfully say that he is such a man as we have here indicated.
Mr. Beyer, who has spent his active life in railroad service, is a man of Teutonic origin, his birth having occurred in Germany, August 5, 1877. He is a son of Joseph and Margaret (Fleysch) Beyer, both natives of Germany, the father's birth having occurred on November 22, 1861, and the mother was born in 1865. There they grew to maturity, attended school and were married and spent their earlier years, emigrating to America more than three decades ago. The mother died in Topeka, Kansas, in 1904, and in that city still resides the father. He is a machinist by trade. It was in the early eighties that he came to that city from his native country and there he has since resided. He soon found employment in the shops of the Santa Fe railroad in Topeka and he has since worked there in this capacity. His family consists of five children, namely: Frank A. of this review, he being the only one born in the old country; Rosa, Tressey, Anna and Emma.
Frank A. Beyer was a small boy when he came to the United States, and he grew to manhood in Topeka, Kansas, and there attended the common schools, the high school and a business college, and as thus well equipped when he began life for himself. When a boy he began his career as railroader, serving his apprenticeship in the Santa Fe shops at Topeka, and later worked at many different places on that system, during a period of eight years. In 1904 he came to Springfield and began working as machinist in the North Side shops. When the new shops were opened he was promoted to the position of erecting foreman and in 1910 was promoted to general foreman of the locomotive department which responsible position he still holds, having a large number of skilled mechanics under his direction.
Mr. Beyer was married on August 17, 1899, in Topeka, Kansas, to Carrie Mohmeyer, who was born in Louisville, Kentucky, September 7, 1882. She is a daughter of Henry and Anna (Sutter) Mohmeyer. Her father is a trunk maker by trade.
Two children have been born to our subject and wife, namely: Frank, born August 24, 1900, is attending Springfield high school; and Mary Etta, born October 1, 1906.
Politically, Mr. Beyer is a Democrat, and fraternally he belongs to the Woodmen of the World, the Eagles and the Germania Hall Society. He is also a member of the Masonic lodge, including the Shriners.
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